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Api vs Salifert test kits

Which is the better option?

  • API

    Votes: 1 14.3%
  • Salifert

    Votes: 6 85.7%

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Jonathan lee

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so i have been using Api for years now and have heard theyre like bottomline. I technically didnt do water changes on my tank for 3 months(i did but only twice) cause i ran out of salt and didnt buy a new bucket cause i was thinking of switching salts idk why it took me so long. But well yea ive been doing water changes for 2 months now to bring my nitrates down from 160 on the api kit to now 40 on the api kit. I was at the lfs just now and saw a salifert kit for 5 bucks off and asked the shop owner which is better, the api or salifert and he immediately said ohh api is crap if you really want to test properly. So i said ok give me the salifert one to try. So i got home and tested with the salifert kit and got a reading of 25. Thats a 15 difference. He told me the salifert is wayyyyy more reliable and trustworthy. Is that right? Ive used salifert in the past when dosing copper only so ive only used the copper test.

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Jonathan lee

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Red sea.. hmm i havent tried them yet hahaha they cost an arm and leg over here. In the hundreds. I dont live in the US so test kits here range from 40(being api) and up to 300(henna). Salifert costing 80-90 so thats 100 less than red sea. So yea
 

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